Contributed on Nov 8, 2010
This is an introductory sermon to a series on First Peter. In this sermon, we get reacquainted with the man who wrote it, the people to whom he sent it, and the particular situation that prompted him to write it.
Introduction: A. Maybe you’ve heard the statement: “Where there’s life, there’s hope!” 1. Like most sayings, it has an element of truth, but no guarantee of certainty. 2. It is not the fact of life and determines hope, rather it is the faith of life that ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2010
We learn from this section that our joy is based on God's mercy, our inheritance, our faith, and God's prophesies and promises.
Introduction: A. Let’s start with this cartoon. 1. The cartoon shows a grumpy boy heading off to school with his dad reminding him: “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” 2. The boy replied: “I know ‘this is the day the Lord has ...read more
Contributed on Dec 3, 2010
There are a number of commands given by Peter that will cause us to grow up in our salvation.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a young boy who during a church service on Sunday Morning announced to his mother, “Mom, I've decided to become a preacher when I grow up.” 1. “That's wonderful, but what made you decide that?” His mother asked. 2. “Well,” ...read more
Contributed on Dec 7, 2010
We have a wonderful identity in Christ.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a baby rabbit who was orphaned. 1. Fortunately, a family of squirrels took it in and raised it as if it were one of their own. 2. This adoption led to some peculiar behaviors on the part of the rabbit, including a tendency for it to scurry around like its ...read more
Contributed on Dec 13, 2010
Submission is a key to life and humility and trust are a key to submission.
Introduction: A. Recently there was a remake of the movie The Karate Kid. 1. But how many of you remember the original movie? 2. The original movie began with Daniel, a skinny boy who was used to being bullied, asking for a neighbor named Mister Miagi to teach him karate. 3. Mr. Miagi agreed ...read more
Contributed on Jan 11, 2011
This sermon addresses God's commands for wives to submit to their husbands, and for husbands to be considerate and respectful of their wives.
Introduction: A. Marriage bears the brunt of a lot of humor, and in many respects for good reason. B. Here’s a few interesting quotes about marriage: 1. Mae West said: “Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet.” 2. Rita Rudner said: “I ...read more
Contributed on Jan 17, 2011
Peter gives us some simple commands to help us to love life and see good days.
Introduction: A. What do you think of when I say “The Good Life?” 1. Did you know that "The Good Life" is a state slogan for the state of Nebraska? 2. “The Good Life” is a philosophical phrase for the life that one would like to live. 3. You might be surprised to know ...read more
Contributed on Jan 31, 2011
In this lesson, we cover the principles for living for Christ, so that we may received the best blessings, even in the worst of persecution.
Introduction: A. I like this picture – Don’t you know that that car never saw it coming! 1. In some respects life is unpredictable and we need to learn to expect the unexpected. 2. When it comes to the Christian life, there is not much that is unexpected. 3. Jesus tried to prepare ...read more
Contributed on Feb 7, 2011
This sermon addresses the need to live with a sense of urgency in light of the coming of Christ. We want to be found faithfully living and serving when Christ returns. I relied heavily on "Living With a Sense of Urgency," Sermon by Joey Nelson, SermonCe
Introduction: A. It’s Super Bowl Weekend, so I thought I might start with a Super Bowl riddle. 1. Question: How many Buffalo Bills does it take to win a Super Bowl? 2. Answer: No one knows, and we may never find out! 3. If you are a football fan then you know that the Bills went to four ...read more
Contributed on Feb 14, 2011
We should not be surprised by persecution when it comes, nor by the joy we feel when we suffer for Christ.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who went to the perfume counter and told the clerk he'd like a bottle of Chanel No. 5 for his wife's birthday. 1. The clerk smiled and said, “A little surprise, eh?” 2. “You bet,” answered the customer, “She's expecting ...read more
Contributed on Feb 22, 2011
In the first four verses of 1 Peter 5, Peter discusses the ministry, motives and manner of leading of elders.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a preacher who quit the ministry after 20 years and became a funeral director. 1. When asked why he changed occupations, he said: “I spent 3 years trying to straighten out John, but John is still an alcoholic. Then I spent 6 months trying to straighten ...read more
Contributed on Mar 1, 2011
This sermon finishes the series on 1 Peter and focuses on how to win the victory over our enemy and the persecution he brings.
Introduction: A. I like the story told of the 5-year old boy who was in the kitchen as his mother was making supper. 1. His mother asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn’t want to go in alone. 2. “It’s dark in there and I’m ...read more